HAVING to take out your liquids and laptops and queue up for immigration checks could be a thing of the past thanks to an innovative new airport escalator.
The concept, which features robotic passport checks and facial recognition on an escalator, could see passengers going from landside to airside in a matter of minutes.
Designed by Ashish Thulkar from India and Charles Bombardier from Canada, the Aerochk would be an escalator leading passengers from the airport entrance to their boarding gate.
Instead of one long security queue for every flight, each escalator would take passengers to the correct boarding gate, speeding up the queue system.
To begin the process, passengers would put their passport on the left hand side and their suitcase on the right hand side.
This allows both the passport and luggage to be scanned simultaneously.
The passport would be checked for validity, and whether the person has a flight scheduled that day.
There will also be sensors, such as facial recognition technology, that could help the machine carry out security checks.
After this, the passenger goes through a portal designed like an escalator where height and weight are measured, as well as vocal identification.
Bags, after being scanned for any dangerous items, would then be sent either to the hold of the plane or returned to the passenger.
They can then continue straight to their boarding gate and wait for their flight.
Not only would the system be quicker, but it would also be safer as it removes human error.
The designers explained on their website: “It is very easy for workers in airport security to miss contraband in luggage simply due to the excessive volumes that they have to process every hour.
“The optimal way to organise this new process is open for debate, but it is clear that we could all benefit from a faster and easier boarding process.”
While the design is currently just a concept, it could one day be rolled out at airports around the world, as well as other large venues such as shopping centres and attractions.
Another new concept for air travel could one day see passengers weighed before their flight to cut fuel emissions.
British tech firm Fuel Matrix suggested passengers could be weighed using pressure pads before boarding so planes can work out how much fuel would be needed.
Finnair suggested a similar practice in 2017, to help airlines reduce operating costs.
However, a complaint was filed against Hawaiian Airlines in 2016 when the airline wanted to weigh its customers.